A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word.

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Word for “studying a research article to get the most out of it”? [duplicate]

From the Word web dictionary: Study: Consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning Particularly, I am looking for a word (synonym of 'study') ...
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One word for data collection and data dissemination

Is there one word (or two word phrase) for 'data collection and data dissemination"? For example, I would like to replace I am building a text based system for data collection and data ...
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A less hostile word that can replace “violation”

I am working with a large open source software project whose code base has to be GNU Public License version 2 (GPLv2). We have to make sure that the "stuff" that goes into the project from our ...
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choosing a synonym of “wind” in my song [closed]

I'm writing words to a song, and I'm hesitating between some synonyms for "wind" (I'm writing the lyrics here, context is me being alone at night in an old remote mansion) : "Late last night lke the ...
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Synonym for 'dial into'

I am doing an online news update for my company and though 3 of us have tried we can't work out a good synonym for the phrase dial into. The sentence reads:- Also with the summer holidays looming ...
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word that means everyone's views are heard [closed]

I'm writing a personal statement, and I have to write about a principle that is dear to me. I was thinking of "righteousness," but I've searched and the meaning of righteousness is not exactly what ...
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Are “head”, “lead”, “direct” and “control” synonyms for “supervise”?

I am currently writing something and need to know: are head lead direct control synonyms for supervise? Let's say I put down that the President shall supervise the executive branch. Can I also ...
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Another way to say “Does not matter” in formal reports

The phrase "does not matter" sounds rather informal to me. I'm writing a formal report and would appreciate alternative suggestions. For example: "The residents of City X enjoy favorable living ...
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Idiom for “Single out” in a negative way

In a small group of people, the leader singled out Person A to pick on her. What's another idiom (that's a verb) to describe this action? There was a two-word idiom which I cannot remember. The idiom ...
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Is there a single word for “place where I belong” or “eventual destination” [closed]

I am writing an email to the admissions of a university and am very passionate about their goals and vision. It is a very rigorous and very selective program, and I understand that it may take some ...
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Human race or human breed?

What is the difference in between "race" and "breed"? Could I say "human breed" instead of "human race"?
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Is there a word for an object which is utility based but beautiful?

Perhaps this is a bit too unspecific but, is there an adjective which describes something built for a mechanical or technical purpose rather than for beauty, yet has a pleasant aesthetic appearance ...
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Difference between certain, specific and particular

While browsing an online dictionary I found many translation for the same word in German. Those are certain, specific and particular. In my opinion are all three synonyms and can be used ...
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What can I call a “small business owner”?

What can I call small business owners or small businesses without using this miserable word small? I'm trying to find a name for some event, trying to invent a word that will make them appear in a ...
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'get a quote' or 'get a quotation'

I'm not an English native, and as it often happens, I've lost something in translation. I asked a travel agent to 'send me a quote' for a travel we've worked on, and in response I got his logo and ...
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A change of wording is needed (Solved) [closed]

In a legal document I am having to edit certain specific phrases, though I have managed to do most I am stuck on a way to change the wording of the phrase "[Company Name] hereby appoints" and ...
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I'm a little nervous about seeming arrogant (Solved) [closed]

Is there a better way of saying 'is that okay?' or is that phrase itself okay to use. I'm just worried about appearing arrogant, It's never been mentioned that i could be until my last 1 to 1 with my ...
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Word for something added that does not improve functionality or performance

Imagine this situation: I am working on a university programming project with another classmate. We agree that I do section A, and he does section B. I finish section A early and decide to also do ...
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The word for a person who orders something (Wrong: Orderer) [closed]

What's a word for a person who orders a parcel to be delivered; for example if there is a case where an individual orders a courier company to deliver a parcel. Are there any words for it?
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Is there a word in the English language that means slightly surprised?

Surprise can occur in varying levels of intensity and valence. Flummoxed, flabbergasted, astounded, staggered, startled, stunned, thunderstruck, aghast, taken aback, dumbfounded, dumbstruck, ...
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“Calling a spade a spade”: synonymous expressions?

I'm looking for expressions that are equivalent to "calling a spade a spade." In some environments and verbal contexts, this phrase needs to be avoided -- please take my word for it. Thank ...
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More formal synonym of “bullshit artist”?

I need more formal ways to express three related terms: bullshit artist, BS-ing, and the art of BS-ing. Edit -- providing some context: The type of BS I need to talk about is the kind that ...
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What is a synonym for “feature”? [closed]

Sometimes, I feel like the word "feature" is used far to often and sometimes it feels like there are no synonyms to this word. Are there any synonyms for feature?
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Synonym for giving out clues, but not giving answer?

I have been wondering about if there is a synonym for a person who gives clues but does not give away the real answer. These keywords are too extensive for any thesaurus. Can anyone find a synonym for ...
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What is a synonym for “conscious of reputation”?

I am attempting to describe a group of companies that are conscious of their reputation. Is there a single word that can replace the phrase?
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What you call someone who leaks information from a team?

What you call someone who leaks information from a team or group. Like Spy. Can you call him/her a "Rat"? Thanks.
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What is the equivalent of “cuckold” for women? [duplicate]

Well, the question is in the title. I want to know what do you call a woman who has an unfaithful husband but chooses to ignore it. I searched a word for it but could not succeed. I just do not ...
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Positive word for someone who wants to get into relationships with rich people

I think opportunist would be the word for someone who wants to get into relationships with rich people so that they can get rich, but that word is negative and can be used for other situations as ...
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Word for something which is directly related to something else

Suppose I am planning an event. I have a list of things like: Get napkins from Bob Meet with rental hall supervisor Buy donuts from Donut-a-thon Bake vegan cookies From this list I can ...
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What's an accurate term for “technical terminology” in the sentence:

I am a sucker for "knowing the exact term for a phenomena, a process, etc in a technical environment". Jargon is probably not a good word since it's too casual, and probably disapproving.
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Synonym for a control structure that validates a non-trivial conditional expression

Say I have two doors: one can be entered by members, mailmen, and owners; and the other can be opened by owners. Access through either door is conditional, so I can't use that word to describe the ...
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Word for someone who “backseat-games”, but in real life [duplicate]

I'm looking for a term that describes a person commenting everything you do in a manner that puts (or tries to put) this person in a position superior to you, often mocking whatever you do and telling ...
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Motive, Motivative, or Motivating?

What is the most fitting adjective to describe '(something) that motivates' among motive, motivative, and motivating? EDIT: Reading from the answers that 'motive' is not an adjective, actually I put ...
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Let Alone ≈ Much Less ≈ Still Less : How do the 2 words in each combine to mean 'not to mention'? [duplicate]

For brevity, I symbolise (imperfect) synonymity with ≈ :  X ≈ Y  means  X and Y are synonyms. From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/let+alone: let alone ≈ not to mention From Merriam Webster: let ...
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Synonyms for “big deal”

I have read on The Free Dictionary that the expression big deal may be used as an interjection to answer ironically "to indicate that something is unimportant or unimpressive". If it is the case, what ...
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Is there a synonym for Thanks? [duplicate]

I was asked this question by a friend today, and the question really beats me. I know that gracias and merci are like practical workarounds, but is there no synonym for Thanks in English?
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Synonym for “In the final phase of this study” [closed]

Can anyone give me a synonym for the phrase "In the final phase of this study"? I have already used this phrase in my paper and now I am looking for a synonym without losing the real meaning of the ...
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Word or expression for immediate fear of death?

I'm looking for a word or expression describing extreme fear of sudden death. This could be caused by a (real or perceived) life-threatening situation, such as acute illness, violent assault or ...
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A word to describe a London projects dweller

Actually, I think I would also love to know the proper British English word for the type of housing that's called 'projects' in US (slums?), but it's a secondary question after all =). The main ...
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Synonyms for “speak of the devil [and he doth/shall appear]”

Specifically, I'm looking for something that would fit in the same situation, but I need a less negative connotation. Saying that when my Dad, for instance, walks into the room while I'm talking about ...
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Is there a word or expression to describe a desperate act of “trying to be different”?

In the introduction of my paper/letter to a scientific journal, I would like to describe that, in a particular area of research, there are a lot of new methods presented during the last years, that ...
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A term for two different words whose “multiple senses” share similar or identical meanings (e.g. Peers/Peeps) [closed]

One such example of words like this is: peer (v) = look = peep peers (n) = associates = peeps Is there a name for words such as this? Or a more technical definition for this phenomenon that would ...
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Alternative word for “statistics”?

Statistics seems to mean both numerical records (e.g. "baseball statistics"), and also the analysis of that data (e.g. average, ANOVA, confidence intervals, etc.) In my work at the moment, I need to ...
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Alternative expression/term to trivial use of 'OCD'

After being reproved for doing so myself on SO yesterday. I realized that over the last couple of years the meaning of the expression OCD, seems to have deflated. Up to the point where people(read I) ...
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Words that are synonyms for multiple meanings?

A lot of words obviously have multiple meanings. Also, a lot of words have synonyms. Are there groups of words that are synonyms for multiple meanings? For instance, say word A has Definition A1, ...
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I'm looking for a psychology term related to behavior motivation or inducement

Its a single word that essentially means motivation. There are both positive and negative versions of it like positive something - motivate by giving reward when someone does a good thing, or ...
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A non-gendered word for fishermen

Is there a non-gendered word for fishermen, that doesn't feel as self-conscious as fisherpersons or as folksy as fisherfolk?
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Synonym for Crowdsourcing

Describing that we (as systems' owners) can leverage users' capabilities to do something useful unpaid, what's the best word/expression for? I'm looking for something rather than Crowdsourcing.
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Synynom for “Plug-and-Play”

I'm writing a companion document to a spreadsheet my company provides to clients. The spreadsheet consists of columns that correlate to the database, and, therefore, cannot be changed, added to, or ...
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Difference between “riddle” and “puzzle” [closed]

What's the difference in using these synonym verbs. What's difference in meaning of the following sentences? Could those verbs be used interchangeably? I am riddled knowing there are so many ...